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History of Sexuality and Queer History

Dr Anna Hájková, who leads this research, is an associate professor at the University of Warwick.

Her book, The Last Ghetto: An Everyday History of TheresienstadtLink opens in a new window, came out in 2020 with Oxford University Press. She has also published three short books: in addition to a co-authored book on the Veit Simon familyLink opens in a new window, she also edited family wartime diariesLink opens in a new window from the Communist resistance in the Holocaust, and in 2021, published Menschen ohne Geschichte sind StaubLink opens in a new window with Wallstein publishing house, on queer teenagers in the Holocaust.

She is currently working on two projects: a study of transgressive sexuality in the Holocaust, for which she is writing a trade book on the Neuengamme guard Anneliese Kohlmann and her coerced relationship with a woman prisoner. She is also working on a generational history of a Communist generation in Central Europe, 1930-1970.

Her work on queer history of the Holocaust was published in Czech, German, British, US American, and Israeli newspapers. She has edited a special issue of German History “Sexuality, Holocaust, Stigma.”

In addition to her academic work, she serves on the board of the Czech Society for Queer Memory.